Watch “Changing the Game” and come to know the transgender experience
“Changing the Game” staring Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, and Andraya Yearwood is available on Hulu starting Tuesday, the first day of pride. Changing the Game highlights the struggles and personal victories of three extraordinary transgender high-school athletes.
Cast members Mack Beggs, Sarah Rose Huckman, Terry Miller, Ngozi Nnaji, and Andraya Yearwood bring to the small screen a poignant first-hand account of what it is to be young, transgender, and successful.
Although it won huge accolades at the film festivals, Changing the Game wasn’t picked up for big-screen distribution. That could be attributed to the pandemic since those venues just begun to reopen but it’s more than that.
The film is premiering commercially in a time when it’s a curse to accel as a trans athlete. Arguably the best known of the three, Andraya Yearwood, has been vilified by hate groups in 30 states as they push their discriminatory agenda and held up as the black athlete white people should fear.
Mack Beggs, a transman from Texas won two state championships in Texas while enduring tremendous abuse. This could have been different if the Governor’s office hadn’t forced rule changes prohibiting trans people from competing in their authentic gender. Not a single Republican lawmaker mentioned Mack Beggs during the 2021 session because that would have pointed out the folly of their anti-trans sports legislation.
Instead, they all singled out two transgender runners from Connecticut, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood. The truth is that they prevailed over their competition because they were faster. The cisgender runner who led the lawsuit failed to qualify for her college team because she wasn’t fast enough.
Twenty-year-old transgender activist Sarah Rose Huckman is attending university in New Hampshire.
Sarah transitioned to her authentic self in the 7th grade. Like many families with a transgender child, she and her family have advocated to ensure Sarah is treated with dignity and respect in school, sports, and all aspects of life.
In High School, Sarah was just like most of her classmates: when not in class, she enjoyed spending time with her friends and as a 4-sport athlete, participating on her high school’s Nordic Ski, Winter Indoor Track, Spring Track and Cross Country teams.
Sarah is often invited to speak about the importance of protecting transgender youth from discrimination. As a political activist, she served 3 years on the New Hampshire Legislative Advisory Council and was instrumental in the passage of legislation that explicitly extended New Hampshire’s nondiscrimination protections to transgender people.
Sarah is active as a YouTube vlogger and was recently featured in the award-winning documentary “Changing the Game” about transgender high school athletes.
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